Allsalt Maritime announced the launch of four new Kinetix models, each designed to provide easily assimilated guidance for maritime professionals to operate safely within designated shock and vibration exposure limits, reducing the risk of damage to vessels or injury to occupants. This is of critical importance for High-Speed Boat Operations (HSBO) for special operations and marine expeditionary forces.
High-speed watercraft and their crews experience severe shock and vibration levels when operating at sea. Vessel hulls, on-board equipment and personnel are subject to damage from over-exposure to wave impacts caused by abrupt stops or acceleration on rough water. Kinetix, a vessel shock monitoring system by Allsalt Maritime, allows maritime agencies to monitor short- and long-term accelerations, investigate high-impact incidents, and predict vessel maintenance intervals.
Regulations for limiting whole-body vibration (WBV) exposures continue to gain international attention, most notably the EU directive 2002/44/EC which requires employers to assess and mitigate mechanical vibration, such as that found on high-speed craft. Kinetix offers maritime agencies a solution for detecting overexposure in real time, as well as the ability to record acceleration data at a high sample rate for use in validating policy compliance or in legal proceedings or accident investigations.
The Kinetix product line now includes four models, each featuring a marinized sensor network and proprietary analytics software. Agencies requiring more advanced analysis, or the investigation of an incident can take advantage of concierge-level reporting from Allsalt Maritime shock and vibration scientists. The four new solutions are:
1. Operator Edition
• Suited for individual operators concerned with monitoring vessel impacts.
• Provides real-time, on-board feedback through a dash display.
2. Researcher Edition
• Suited for naval architects and consultants concerned with hull performance and wave impact analysis.
• Stores data for post-mission analysis.
3. Fleet Edition
• Suited for agencies concerned with monitoring hull impacts
• Provides real-time speed guidance and post-mission analysis for one vessel or an entire fleet.
4. Agency Edition
• Suited for agencies concerned with monitoring shock mitigating seat performance and assessing levels of exposure to mechanical WBV.
• Provides real-time speed guidance, crew member over-exposure alerts, and post-mission impact analysis.
In addition to continuing to develop the Kinetix product line offerings, Allsalt Maritime acquired the Ambex gSense shock monitoring system in March 2020.